Nov 262013
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vbrsVirtue Based
Restorative Discipline

A Catholic Response to Bullying

He who heeds discipline
shows the way to life, but
whoever ignores correction
leads others astray.
Proverbs 10:17

An outreach of the Catholic Education Center, Archdiocese of St. Louis.


—• Decrease anti-social behaviors
→ Bullying
→ Problematic disruptions
Increase faith practices
→ Education on virtue
→ Integration of faith in discipline at home and at school

Commit to Constructive Language
→ Eliminate judging, criticizing, labeling, gossip, rumors, diminishing statements
Become a Student of Virtue
→ Learn them, live them, pick three per year
Engage in Restorative Practices
→ Circles at every level: parents, staff, students; address harm with dignity, hope



The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
– Catechism of the Catholic Church §1803

Education is the Best Defense

—• Teaching the truth of human dignity
—• Promote “Emotional Safety”
—• Mentoring one-on-one to build capacity
—• Intentionalize Asset Building
—• Teach and model Forgiveness

It Starts With You

• What virtue am I operating from?
• Could others see the virtue in me?
• Have I genuinely complimented someone today?
• Did the compliment mention a virtue?
• How can I do better tomorrow?

Guiding Restorative Questions

• What made you say/do this?
• Who was affected by your words/actions?
• What do we need to do to make it right
• How can I help you to make a better choice in the future?
• Can we think of a virtue that might be helpful to develop?

See also: Crisis Magazine, December 10, 2013, “The Role of the Virtues in Character Education” by Sam Vanderplas.

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